Dana Oswald Awarded 2021 Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship


Dana Oswald, Associate Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been selected from a broad pool as our 2021 Fellowship Recipient. Since 2011, the Fellowship has been offered to women medievalists who are “caught in the middle.” It is designed for women at the associate professor level in academic institutions in the United States who have been “stuck” for a long period of time and who need support in order to complete scholarly work leading to promotion. Studies by the Modern Language Association (and others, of course) show that, while more women than men earn doctorates in the humanities, significantly more men enjoy academia employment and well-paced promotions. Furthermore, women advance more slowly and with more difficulty. Recipients of our Fellowship are pursuing a major research project that should enable them to achieve a place of major professional visibility. 
 
 
Our selection committee found Professor Oswald's proposal for the completion of her monograph, Old English Maternal Bodies, very compelling especially because it examines the medical and legal Early English traditions to find the reproductive bodies of women in a corpus of literature that participates in the occlusions of such bodies, and indeed such lives. Following exhaustive research, Dr. Oswald has completed a substantial portion of the manuscript and thus we hope that this fellowship will enable her to complete the work to aid in her promotion to full professor. She is a very impressive teacher and scholar. We are pleased to offer her this highly esteem professional honor. Distinguished Medical Historian Monica Green has agreed to mentor Dana.